Blaine council approves funds for paved rink base

A second hockey rink at Blaine’s Happy Acres Park will have a paved base of milled asphalt installed in advance of the 2012-2013 outdoor skating season.

The Blaine City Council unanimously approved project funding Aug. 2. The work will cost an estimated $12,000 to $14,000, said Robert Therres, public services manager.

Money for the Happy Acres Park No. 2 rink project will come from the city’s park maintenance fund, Therres said. Rink No. 1’s surface was paved last year.

“Rink No. 1 has worked out well,” Therres said. “You can make ice faster and use the paved surface in the summer activities.”

Happy Acres Park is Blaine’s largest and most popular outdoor ice skating facility.

According to Jim Kappelhoff, park and recreation director, the three lighted hockey rinks and a large general skating rink located at 11900 Seventh St. N.E. average more than 3,800 skaters per season.

Using a paved surface for a rink base helps Blaine Public Works Department park maintenance workers establish faster and smoother ice on a uniform surface.

Last year, the cost of the Rink No. 1 paving material totaled $11,509. After a geotextile membrane is placed, the asphalt millings will be covered by sand.

In a council memo, Kappelhoff said that city engineering staff evaluated the Rink No. 2 site and found it to be acceptable for paving. City crews will do the work.

“We want to take advantage of the opportunity because we’re doing a reconstruction project [nearby],” Therres said. “The trucks only have a block-long drive.”

Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]